Area Briefs


MOORHEAD – Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) will host a virtual author salon featuring acclaimed Minnesota author Sarah Stonich, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of true-crime-inspired mystery novels, Jess Lourey. The two authors will appear virtually, offering a barstool perspective as to what writers really talk about when they talk about writing. An interactive event, Sarah and Jess invite questions about the writing life; inspiration, publishing during a pandemic, etc.

Jess Lourey’s latest book, Litani is a stand-alone domestic suspense novel exploring the satanic panic that swept Minnesota in the 1980s, and Sarah Stonich’s Reeling is the laugh out loud follow-up to her bestseller, Fishing!

This virtual event will be offered December 2, 2021 at 7 p.m. free-of-charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. The event can be accessed at  A recording will be available until January 2, 2022.


MOORHEAD – For your convenience, Moorhead Police Volunteers will be selling 2022 pet licenses at pop-up locations from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

November 27: Muscatell Subaru, 2911 11 St. S.

December 4: Moorhead Center Mall, 510 Center Ave.

December 11: Cash Wise, 3300 Highway 10 E

December 18: Runnings, 3000 Highway 10 E

Pursuant to Moorhead City Code Section 3-7-2, all dogs and cats over six months of age must be licensed annually by no later than February 15 of each year.  Pet license fees are a minimal $5 and purchasing them now can save you money in the long run.  Licensing your dog or cat is important and will help us locate you if your dog or cat is found to get your pet back to the comfort and safety of your home.

Moorhead pet owners can also purchase their pet licenses online at or in person at Moorhead Police Department Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm/


MOORHEAD – The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Fargo Veterans Affairs present a How-To-Talk-With-A-Veteran panel discussion.    

The panel, moderated by Dr. Margo Norton of the Fargo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will feature local veterans and their experiences with different aspects of military life. This panel discussion will also allow members of the community to speak with local veterans and ask questions.   

 This event is free and located at the Hjemkomst Center, Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 6pm. There will also be live recordings on our Facebook and YouTube social media pages. Virtual attendees are asked to submit questions via Facebook. HCSCC asks that in-person seating be reserved for veterans’ families and friends due to limited space. To join via social media, go to and scroll down to the event.  


FARGO – The recent Fargo-Moorhead Walk to End Alzheimer’s saw 400 participants, some from 75 different teams, raise more than $115,000. Funds raised provide people in the local community with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers with free care and support services. The health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remained top priorities.

“The Walk was a great success,” said Development Specialist Sarah Flesberg. “We were able to surpass our goal thanks to our sponsors, the fundraising efforts of our teams, and the hard work of our volunteers. Because of these great efforts, we can continue to provide free educational programs, care, and support to our local community members.” 

The top fundraising team was Ethos Home Care & Hospice, a 21-person team raising more than $10,000. The leading individual fundraiser was Shantel Hecht from Team Mama G, raising $5,500. Twenty local volunteers supported the Alzheimer’s Association to help make the event a success.

Donations are being accepted for the Fargo-Moorhead Walk to End Alzheimer’s until December 31, 2021. Donate at


FARGO – Beginning the morning of Thursday, November 18, telephone users across the United States (mainly Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas) have reported receiving phone calls which appear to come from a phone number which matches the main line of Fargo City Hall (701.241.1310.) These calls have reportedly consisted of a common “grandparent scam” in which the caller pretends to be a grandchild in need of money. Call recipients are urged to exercise caution and avoid sharing any personal details if they receive a suspicious phone call.

The City of Fargo is aware of the main line number being misrepresented, and asks anyone who receives a scam call from 701.241.1310 to refrain from calling back. The main line will remain in service for all regular business needs. The City’s Information Services Department is working with its telephone service provider to explore all possible remedies to the issue. The Fargo Police Department and authorities from other states have also been notified of the situation.


FARGO – Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) is expanding the availability of booster doses for COVID-19 vaccine. Effective Tuesday, November 23, individuals will be able to receive first and second doses, as well as booster doses, during COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics. Hours of operation will be 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Beginning December 3, additional walk-in clinics will be added on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinics are located at the main FCPH building, 1240 25th St. S. in Fargo. Pre-registration is encouraged for all clinics in order to streamline the registration process. Signage outside the building will indicate the correct entrance to be used.

COVID-19 vaccine for youth ages 5 – 11 years old is available by appointment in the FCPH immunization program. Appointments can be made by calling 701.241.1383.


Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead presents “A Big Band Christmas” on Sunday, December 5, 7:00 pm at First Lutheran Church’s Celebration Hall 619 Broadway, Fargo. for more details.


MOORHEAD – Fill a box with a great variety of Christmas cookies and candies lovingly made by the Catholic Daughters of America. Premade trays are also available.  Prices start at $15.

St. Joseph’s Gathering Place (door #7), 1005 2nd Ave S, Moorhead, MN (across from Hornbachers)

Hosted by Catholic Daughters of the Americas on Saturday, December 11 starting at 10:00 a.m. 

Large Fentanyl Drug Seizure Leads to Arrests

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead Police Drug Investigator received information from multiple sources that two Moorhead men have been transporting dangerous and illegal drugs from Minneapolis to Moorhead. 

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, with the assistance of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol, the suspect vehicle was stopped on I-94 as it traveled back into our area from Minneapolis. During a search of the vehicle, officers located 15 small bags containing 343 pills. Each small blue pill was marked “M30”, a known description of counterfeit labeled drugs responsible for doubling the number of yearly overdoses in our metro area. 

Moorhead Police have responded to approximately 50 overdoses this year compared to 22 in all of 2020. The drugs field tested positive for containing fentanyl. The street value of the seized drugs is approximately $12,000. This case is a prime example why law enforcement agencies in both our Minnesota and North Dakota metro area need to be able to work together to fight against the distribution of this deadly drug.

Brady Allen Swanson, age 33, and Matthew Brian Katz, age 31, both of Moorhead, MN, were booked into the Clay County Correctional Facility. Charges were forwarded to the Clay County Attorney’s Office for First Degree Felony Distribution of a Controlled Substance. A 2006 Hummer H3 was also seized after the traffic stop

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